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Shadow Puppet Workshop

Shadow Puppet Workshop
This workshop teaches your students how to make a shadow puppet with movable parts. K-1 students will make shadow puppets using a template while grade 3-5 students will make a puppet of original design. Middle school students will try making a more elaborate puppet with intricate details. Following puppet making, the students will experiment with a puppet, light and screen to create different shadow effects. This will be a great project for the science of light and shadow. This workshop aligns with the Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards. The accompanying Study Guide provides post workshop activities and resources. This workshop may be done in conjunction with a Balinese shadow puppet performance. It can also be expanded up to a five-day residency where the students compose a puppet story and create an effective shadow puppet play, by incorporating background music and sound effects.

Artist Background

Surapsari presents dance, drama and shadow puppetry from Japan, India and Bali, where she has lived and cultivated intimate relationships with the local arts and cultures. Born in Japan, she grew up immersed in rich traditional arts of that country. She was particularly drawn to Kagura, the centuries-old mask dance and drama from Shinto shrines. She studied this ancient art with Osamu Wakayama, the lineage holder for the Wakayama school of Kagura, which is designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan. Surapsari also has lived in Bali for more than 15 years and mastered dance, drama and shadow puppetry. Additionally she has studied Bharatanatyam Indian dance in the U.S. and India. Surapsari has performed internationally.

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